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Steve Condon gets jail time

A former Osoyoos man who claims he was set up to take the blame for two car thefts from an RCMP officer's home, was sentenced to jail time on a separate matter on Monday.

Steve Condon, who will serve 40 days in jail, to be served on an intermittent basis, pled guilty to fraud. The other three charges against him, false pretense under $5,000, causing a person to use a forged document and theft of $5,000 or under were stayed.

The jail time is slated to start Jan. 3, 2014 at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment.

The incident resulting in the charges, took place in June of 2012 in Osoyoos when Condon rented to own and paid with a $1,000 cheque that was no good, according to his lawyer Don Skogstad.

Skogstad said he fully expected a significant penalty on this, as his client does have a criminal record.

It is, he said, an opportunity for him to get his life back on track.

Condon has said in recent months that he planned to file a lawsuit against the Osoyoos RCMP, because of what he went through after a 2009 black Audi S5 and 2008 Ford Ranger were stolen from the home of Cst. Amit Goyal in the fall of 2012.

After interviews with the RCMP and taking a lie detector case, he was cleared of involvement in the thefts.

Goyal left Osoyoos in June. The RCMP recently confirmed he was suspended with pay.

Although he is now facing the intermittent jail sentence, Condon's lawyer says his client is still considering the lawsuit.


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